This is a guest post by Matthew Deprez. Matthew is a father, husband, author, and pastor at Frontline Community Church. He also wrote the book rediscovering Jesus: the art of taking christianity seriously. You can follow him on Twitter, friend request him on Facebook, or reach him at his website. If you want to guest post on my blog, check out my contact page.
I’ve been a pastor for almost 6 years and I love what I do. Since I’ve become a Christian 10 years ago I’ve spent most of my time reading theology, hundreds of books, having countless conversations with un-churched and de-churched people, and everything in between. But nothing, and I literally mean nothing has been more compelling to me than what I experienced two years ago.
Two years ago, I was exposed to the Fuller Youth Institute (FYI) at Fuller Theological Seminary. FYI is committed to “leveraging research into resources that elevate leaders, kids, and families.”
At the time I stopped racing professional motocross I was a very lost, scared, and confused. The thing that was driving me at this point in my life was my faith and Jesus. Even Though I was lost, scared, and confused I knew deep in my heart that God had a plan (It wasn’t always this way). No idea what that plan was, I started down the road determined to figure it out, and figuring it out was just what I was about to do.
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I thought to myself, what am I going to do with myself? All I had ever known was racing. I started riding at 4 years old and racing at 11. The biggest difference in my life at this time was Jesus. I was born again, and ready to make a difference in the world.
Are you someone who talks about priorities, but struggles to show your priorities? How would your wife or family answer this question? Talking about priorities is easy, living them out is where the rubber meets the road.
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Growing up, our parents usually set our priorities. When we graduated, moved out, and went to college or started a life everything changed. We had to start setting our own priorities. Do you remember this time in your life?